Jasrah was born with a malformation that prevented her from walking and standing. She is one of the first patients at the orthotic and prosthetic facility at Apollo Bramwell Hospital to have been fitted with the prosthetic equipment. She has taken her first steps after 8 years.
“We are very grateful to Apollo Bramwell Hospital and Marissa Nel and her team for all the support they gave us. Right from the start, we received all the guidance we needed. After 8 years, my daughter is finally walking,” said her father Mr. Shahseer Elyhee.
Her story is similar to Saniyyah’s, aged 7. Thanks to prosthetics, the two little girls are mobile like any other child of their age. Their families shared their experience during a press conference held at the hospital on Wednesday.
Born with a severe malformation, Saniyyah initially underwent an amputation so that she could be fitted with a prosthesis. It was a very emotional moment as her father, Mr. Reyhmann Abdul Paraouty, talked about the ordeal experienced by him and his wife. They persevered with the belief that their daughter would walk one day.
“We were very relieved to discover that quality prosthetics were now available in Mauritius. Apollo Bramwell Hospital gave my daughter a chance, when others told me before that she would never walk. Today, my daughter is walking, and she has received the best care,” explained Mr. Paraouty.
The new orthotics and prosthetics centre, which opened only three months ago, is the result of a partnership between Apollo Bramwell, Marissa Nel & Associates, a South African-based company which specialises in orthotics and prosthetics and Ottobock, a German company which manufactures quality prosthetics, orthopedic equipment and orthotics amongst others.
Orthotics refers to the design of devices used to control or counteract the effect of an actual or developing deformity, while a prosthesis is an artificial device that helps amputees regain mobility.
Mr. David Gray, Deputy Chairman of Apollo Bramwell Hospital spoke of the high demand for this service in Mauritius.
“Each year about 500 people undergo an amputation in Mauritius, either because of an accident of because of complications caused by diabetes. This new facility has been open for only three months and we have already welcomed 120 patients, which shows the great interest in these services,” explained Mr. David Gray.
According to Mr. Steven Baard, the MD of Ottobock South Africa, the aim of this partnership with Apollo Bramwell Hospital and Marissa Nel & Associates was to help the maximum people living with a disability.
“We wish to reach the largest number of people living with a disability and give them the chance to lead a normal life. The work that we have done will allow us to offer high quality services to patients, giving them back their mobility and their independence,” added Mr. Baard.
Juste quelque mots pour vous remercie de votre acceuille chaleureuse, toujours competent avec les patients, surtout les infirmieres pediatriques, pour Sooreeta, Dr Kevin Teerovengadum, Dr Joomye, Mr Joe, Infirmiere Dorothe, ange gardienne Reshma et la chirurgienne Dr Reshma. Moi je suis fidele a l'hopital Apollo depuis 2009 par l'acceuil et leur sympathie. Je remercie tous les services. Meme ma fille, T., la patiente, elle veut pas quitte l'hopital.